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Daily news and top headlines for broadband communications engineering and design professionals

Google settles with FTC over in-app charges

September 5, 2014 11:59 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Google has agreed to pay full refunds totaling at least $19 million to consumers who were charged for purchases that children made via apps without parental consent from the Google Play app store. The settlement is part of the third case by the Federal Trade Commission about unauthorized in-app purchases made by children. It settled with Apple for $32.5 million in January.

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MetroPCS expands into 10 new markets, ups data for existing subs

September 4, 2014 2:18 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | Comments

The T-Mobile prepaid brand will be setting up shop in Chattanooga, TN; Chicago; Kansas City, MO; Minneapolis-St.Paul; Milwaukee, WI; Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, VA; Richmond-Petersburg, VA; Salt Lake City; St. Louis, MO; and Yakima-Pasco-Richland-Kennewick, WA.

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Comcast to sponsor NASCAR series

September 3, 2014 4:04 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Comcast Corp. on Wednesday signed a 10-year agreement to replace Nationwide Insurance as the title sponsor of NASCAR's second-tier racing series. The series will be known as the NASCAR Xfinity Series through 2024. The deal matches the longest single agreement around title sponsorship of any NASCAR national series in its history, and Sports Business Daily valued the package at worth close to $200 million.

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SpinCo recast as GreatLand Connections

September 3, 2014 3:52 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Charter Communications and Comcast announced they were ditching the name SpinCo for the emerging cable company that will be spun off once the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger and Charter/Comcast transactions are completed. The new name is GreatLand Connections Inc.,which drew upon the company’s Midwest and Southeast footprint that was formely operated by Comcast.

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IBC 2014 Preview

September 3, 2014 2:42 pm | by CED | Comments

This year's show will focus on all the technological innovations and trends of interest to video broadcasters and distributors of all kinds: the migration to IP, multi-screen delivery, 4K/Ultra-HD, HEVC, wireless technologies, user interfaces, and more.  Here are previews of what some of the key innovators in the industry will be talking about and demonstrating at the conference.

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Calix debuts pair of gateways with gigabit Wi-Fi

September 3, 2014 1:06 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Available to be private-labeled by Calix customers, the 844G and 854G GigaCenters are the first in a family of customer premises service delivery platforms, the company said. The company claims they are the first gateways to support carrier class Wi-Fi in the home.

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Suddenlink expands Connected Home services

September 3, 2014 12:44 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Connected Home offers the features of Suddenlink’s existing home security service, but also allows users to remotely arm and disarm their security system; control lights, thermostats and door locks; get text and email notices about events at home; and get streaming video and pictures inside and outside of the home while away.

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RCN Business launches in Empire State Building

September 3, 2014 12:23 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Offices in the building will have access to the entire RCN Business suite of services, including high-speed Internet, dedicated internet access (DIA), hosted voice, PRI/SIP trunks, video (HDTV) and Ethernet E-Line and E-LAN. RCN has MEF 2.0 certification for its Ethernet services.

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Charter inks data warehouse deal with Sense Corp

September 3, 2014 11:52 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Charter Communications announced it has signed a deal with management and technology consulting firm Sense Corp to create its next-generation enterprise data warehouse. Under the terms of the deal, St. Louis-based Sense Corp will serve as Charter’s exclusive vendor for its business intelligence initiative, which Charter said would include integrating new subscribers by early next year. 

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Metrological joins RDK club

September 3, 2014 11:48 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Netherlands-based Metrological has officially joined the cable industry’s Reference Design Kit (RDK) initiative. While Metrological is a new member of RDK Management, which is the joint venture between Time Warner Cable, Comcast and Liberty Global, its app store technology is already in front of roughly 20 million Liberty Global households.

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ThinkAnalytics a reseller for Thuuz, develops concept UI

September 3, 2014 11:42 am | by Mike Robuck | Comments

ThinkAnalytics announced it had signed a global reseller agreement with Thuuz Sports to help sports fans find and view the programming they want across multiple viewing experiences. The joint platform, which was first announced a year ago, allows service providers and content owners to offer a customized sports service that helps viewers become more engaged with their sports packages.

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Netflix snags deal for 'Gotham' television series

September 3, 2014 11:33 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Netflix Inc. has struck a deal with Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution to run the television series "Gotham" worldwide following its first season. The highly anticipated show, which will start its initial season on Fox on Sept. 22, occurs in Batman's Gotham City and depicts an orphaned Bruce Wayne and future Commissioner James Gordon. Stars include Ben McKenzie and Jada Pinkett Smith.

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Photo hacking rekindles digital privacy worries

September 3, 2014 11:28 am | by Associated Press | Comments

As the celebrity photo-hacking scandal has made clear, privacy isn't what it used to be. Whether famous or seemingly anonymous, people from all walks of life put all sorts of things online or into cloud-based storage systems, from vital financial information to the occasional nude photo. Periodic cases of hacking fuel outrage, but there's no retreat from digital engagement or any imminent promise of guaranteed privacy.

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Ericsson trials LTE broadcast in Poland

September 2, 2014 1:45 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Ericsson and Polkomtel said they were successful with a test of LTE broadcast technology. The trial was conducted on August 30, when the operator streamed the opening game of the 2014 World Volleyball Championship between Poland and Serbia to 300 selected guests and journalists at Warsaw's National Stadium.

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Envivio takes multi-screen to the cloud

September 2, 2014 1:21 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Envivio is calling its virtualized cloud-based SaaS video solution Nuage, French for cloud. It operates as a service on private, operator-owned networks, on the public cloud, or in hybrid environments. The system will handle video from content acquisition to delivery to the consumer, on any screen.

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